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Worry over WI weakness against pace


Worry over WI weakness against pace
Jimmy Adams (FILE)

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Director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, has hinted at a worrying deficiency among West Indies batsmen in playing high quality fast bowling, and believes the solutions lie at the domestic first-class level where there were not enough “hard, true” pitches to properly prepare players for the demands of international cricket.

Conceding the home side’s batsmen did “not fire at all” in the just concluded Test series against South Africa in St Lucia, Adams said there was a trend dating several years, where it appeared players were uncomfortable with concentrated fast bowling, which raised questions about not only technique but familiarity with pace.

Adams, a former West Indies captain, said there had been a similar occurrence on the 2017 tour of New Zealand when the Caribbean side’s batsmen struggled against the hosts’ four-pronged pace attack.

“If I go back to New Zealand four years ago, again [there is the] issue of how are we coping year in and year out against attacks that are prepared to run at us and concentrate an attack at times between waist and head, and there are times you can ask whether that particular area are we improving [on],” he pointed out. (CMC)


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